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If a lockout, Kirilenko would go back to Russia

Posted on: January 13, 2011 12:10 pm
Posted by Royce Young

We all know about the lockout that's almost guaranteed to happen. But we have really talked, or thought, that much about what would happen with the players during it.

One player already has a plan. Andrei Kirilenko says he would try and get back on a team in his native Russia if there's a work stoppage.

"If a lockout happens, I will definitely go back to Russia and play on a Russian team," Kirilenko told The Salt Lake Tribune on Wednesday.

Kirilenko, who just gained his U.S. citizenship on Monday, will enter the 2011-12 season in the final year of his contract with the Jazz.

The owners biggest bargaining tool in negotiating with players is money. Most agree that if a work stoppage happens and players stop getting paid, that they'd crumble eventually because they need money. Despite making millions, it's amazing how many players play paycheck to paycheck. But when you've got all those expenses, the bills just don't stop coming because you're not getting paid.

But Kirilenko obviously has a plan and a way to make money. Other players? Yeah, they probably don't have that luxury. And I don't think guys will want to uproot and head overseas for a couple weeks (or months) just to get paid.

The lockout's coming, so it's best to get ready. Players included.
Category: NBA

Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2011 4:55 pm

If a lockout, Kirilenko would go back to Russia

Neither the NBA or the players care about the fans. When there is a lockout the players still make millions. The owners still makes millions and the fans get screwed.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2011 2:58 pm

If a lockout, Kirilenko would go back to Russia

Yes, the lockout is coming and this one is going to last a long time. I would not be at all surprised if the whole season was lost, but we will see. If the NBA does flush an entire season, and I think they will, they better be real worried about a bunch of good players heading overseas. That should be their number one concern. Well, that and playing to an empty house when they finally get back to playing basketball. The NHL barely survived a lost season in 2005. They ultimately made it out of the dark, but the economic landscape then was a lot different than it is now. People are not going to waste their entertainment dollars on the NBA if they take a powder for a year.

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